Daniil Trifonov Plays Liszt

Part of Birmingham International Concert Season 2014/15 Concert Package, SoundBite,

Birmingham International Concert Season 2014/15 and Piano Music

Wednesday 1st October

Town Hall, Birmingham

Daniil Trifonov piano

J S Bach Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, Great (arr Liszt) 8’
Rachmaninov Variations on a Theme of Chopin
Liszt 12 Études d’exécution transcendante 65’

Encore – Rachmaninov – Bach Gavotte

Daniil Trifonov is surely one of the most talked-about pianists of our time, and what more thrilling way to open the 2014/15 Birmingham International Concert Season than with his first ever solo recital in Birmingham?

Bach and (Beethoven Piano Sonata in C Minor replaced by Rachmaninov) demonstrate the depth of his insight; Liszt’s Transcendental Études reveal the full, dazzling extent of his virtuosity.

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Review by Norman Stinchcombe, Birmingham Post:

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“For Liszt, the piano was “an object to be transformed into an orchestra, turned into the elements, lifted into the spheres” wrote Alfred Brendel. Often during Daniil Trifonov’s towering traversal of the complete Transcendental Etudes the young Russian succeeded in doing just that. His snowstorm in Chasse-Neige chilled and raged – the piano producing an amazing infernal howling.

The galloping horses careered and thundered in Mazeppa but Trifonov didn’t just stun and amaze, he seduced us with a beautiful limpid tone as when the theme is temporarily tamed and transformed and Liszt asks for it to be sung Il canto espressivo. The contrasted sections in Wilde Jagd were just as sensitively executed while the will-o-the-wisps in Feux follets were nimble, gossamer-light and utterly captivating.”     …

*****

Trifonov Plays Tchaikovsky

23rd May 2013 at 7.30pm

Symphony Hall, Birmingham +44 (0)121 345 0600

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra 

Mario Venzago  conductor

Daniil Trifonov  piano

Mozart: Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter) 26′

Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 33′

Schumann: Symphony No. 4 29′ Watch on YouTube

Daniil Trifonov’s encore – Schumann / Liszt – Widmung

The Orchestra throws down the challenge; the piano strides forward; and on a great wave of melody, Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto surges into life. The greatest of all Romantic piano concertos? One thing’s for sure: Tchaikovsky Competition winner Daniil Trifonov plays it like no-one on earth. We’re thrilled to welcome him to Birmingham, as the star of a concert that begins with Mozart’s ever-astonishing final symphony and ends with Schumann at his headlong, heartfelt best. Sheer emotion. www.cbso.co.uk